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Loaded Breakfast Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp oil (we prefer coconut)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups cereal of choice (we like Honey Nut Cheerios)
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 1/2 cups dried fruit (cranberries are our favorite)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine honey, peanut butter, oil, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir and cook until mixture just begins to bubble, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

  3. In a large bowl, combine oats, cereal, ground flaxseed, dried fruit, and salt.

  4. Pour peanut butter mixture over oatmeal mixture and stir gently with a spatula until well combined. Transfer to baking dish and press firmly into dish. (I find that using a potato masher is the most effective way to do this.) 

  5. Allow to cool completely (they cool faster in the refrigerator). Cut into squares or bars.